Los Angeles, CA – May 21, 2020 – Diamond, an inclusive digital agency, today in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day announced the release of our second annual State of Accessibility Report. Written with the digital community in mind, the annual SOAR report strives to assess what the current state of accessibility is, so that we may track it over time and make sure it improves yearly.
The SOAR report identifies specific accessibility deficiencies of top websites and includes a list of actionable steps developers can take to address accessibility issues now. The results of this year’s report show that the state of accessibility on the web hasn’t changed considerably.
“It is long overdue that we flatten the curve of inequality for People with Disabilities (“PwD”),” said Joe Devon, COO of Diamond and Co-Founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. “It needs to start with the developer community to move the needle to influence developer culture.”
Diamond has again performed a manual analysis of registration, login and logout of the top Alexa websites and found improvements. Key findings include: 39% of the Alexa Top 100 sites lock out blind users from being able to register and login properly. 98.1% of the Top Million Websites are inaccessible with an average of 60.9 errors per page on.
This year, Diamond partnered with Jared Smith to update the report on his seminal WebAIM Million study, which showed worse results than last year. Additionally, Sharron Rush, accessibility pioneer at Knowbility updated the report on accessibility in the K-12 space.
The full 2020 SOAR report can be found here: diamond.la/SOAR.
Diamond is a digital agency based in Los Angeles that builds inclusive, scalable, high-performance web and mobile applications. Founded in 2012 by the co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Diamond has decades of collective experience building digital solutions at the intersection of innovation and inclusion. Our work spans from the backbone of the internet to search engines, AmericanIdol.com, Fox.com, NFL, Pluto.TV, and others.
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